The Coastal Carolina University Presidential Search Advisory Committee
has recommended four higher education leaders as finalists for the position of the president of the university. The candidates will make campus visits from Dec. 4 to 8.
The four finalists are: Kyle R. Carter, Ph.D., provost and vice
chancellor for academic affairs at Western Carolina University; David A.
DeCenzo, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president of academic administration
at Coastal Carolina University; Sue DeWine, Ph.D., provost of Marietta
College; and Maurice William Scherrens, Ed.D., senior vice president at
George Mason University.
The advisory committee met Monday, Nov. 20 to continue the applicant
review process for the position of president of Coastal Carolina University.
Prior to that meeting, the advisory committee conducted off-site interviews
with 11 of the 76 candidates in the pool.
The advisory committee has been working since May to identify a
successor for Ronald R. Ingle, who will retire June 30, 2007, following a
nearly 14-year tenure as president. It is expected that the board of
trustees will name the university's second president in early 2007.
The advisory committee is a group of 12 persons representing a broad
base of campus constituencies. The committee reviews applications,
interviews candidates and identifies those to be interviewed by the
university's board of trustees. The board and the advisory committee are
assisted by the search firm Greenwood and Associates Inc. of Miramar Beach,
Members of the advisory committee are: William H. Alford, Fred F.
DuBard Jr. and Samuel H. Frink, representing the board of trustees; Larry
Biddle, representing the Coastal Educational Foundation; Julie Rajotte,
representing the Horry County Higher Education Commission; Dave Evans,
representing the university's Faculty Senate; Sharon Thompson, representing
the Coastal faculty; Robert Shelton, representing the CCU Alumni
Association; Janet Shokal, a Coastal student and president of the Student
Government Association; Danny Nicholson, representing the Coastal
administration; and Charles Hodge, chair of the board of trustees. Oran
Smith, a trustee who chairs the academic affairs committee, serves as a
More about the candidates
Kyle R. Carter has been provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at
Western Carolina University since 2004. Prior to that appointment he was
acting president at Central Missouri State University where he also served
as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 1998 to 2004. Carter
earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Mercer University, a master's
degree in educational psychology and a Ph.D. in educational psychology, both
from the University of Georgia.
David DeCenzo has been at Coastal since 2002 when he was named dean of the
Wall College of Business. In 2006 he was named provost and senior vice
president of academic administration. Before joining the Coastal faculty,
DeCenzo served as director of partnership development in the College of
Business and Economics at Towson University in Maryland from 1999 to 2002.
DeCenzo earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of
Maryland College Park and a master's degree and Ph.D. from West Virginia
Sue DeWine has been provost of Marietta College since 2000. Prior to that
appointment she was director of the School of Interpersonal Communication at
Ohio University from 1988 to 1999. She earned a bachelor's degree in English
and speech education and a master's degree in rhetoric and public address,
both from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in interpersonal and organizational
communication, counseling psychology from Indiana University.
Maurice William Scherrens has been senior vice president at George Mason
University since 1996. He also served as executive vice president for
finance and planning at George Mason University from 1985 to 1996. He
earned a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration from
Central Michigan University, a J.D. from George Washington University and an
Ed.D. in higher education from the University of Southern California.
Curricula vitae of each of the four finalists can be found on the Coastal
Carolina University web site at www.coastal.edu/presidentialsearch/
. The campus visit schedule
will be posted by Nov. 28.